5-16 November 2001
17 November 2001
High/low 4°C/-9°C (39°F/16°F)
On Monday, 5 November to 9 November our school had sixteen student teachers
from the Oulu University observing our lessons. I have five student teachers
that I am responsible for giving feedback to on their lessons during the
next four weeks in Physical Education, Art, and Ethics. It is always great
to talk with young people that have so many ideas in their heads that they
want to try out. I feel stimulated by the discussions we have had related
to their lessons and the things they want to try in following lessons.
7 November, Wednesday evening
Student Violin Performance
John and I met Kate and her roommate, Merja, for dinner at Pannu, our favorite
pizza restaurant. Then Kate, John and I went to hear one of my students
give a violin performance. He is eight years old and plays beautifully.
His father has been doing research at the university the last two years.
They will be moving back to China in March.
UNICEF fund-raising walk
We had another Saturday school. This time we did a UNICEF walk through Ainola Park. We started our walk at 1030 through the
snowy park. Our Parent Group set up check points, where the children got
their card stamped, so they would know how many kilometers they had walked,
since this was a fundraiser. The parents offered a warm drink every kilometer
they completed. My class did 2 kilometers tromping through the snow. We
were out for about one and a half hours in the cold, -8°C (18°F). Only
one child complained, out of my thirteen, the rest wanted to keep going.
We came back to the classroom and did an art project before having lunch
and going home. Saturday evening, we met Henna-Laura Perttunen and her
boyfriend Karri Kauppi for dinner. It was great hearing about their trip
to Austria and all their activities. They are planning to leave December
15th, for California, to visit her parents.
John and I invited the Thompson family for dinner. I served a bow tie pasta
dish and a dessert called Magic Apple Pie from the cookbook Natalie gave
me at Christmas. This cookbook has given me so many quick, easy, delicious
meals. It is called “30 Minutes or Less For People Who Don’t Have Time
To Cook”. It was such a nice evening.
16 November, Friday
Our staff had its first Christmas Party with our partner school, Myllytulli.